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How often do I need a tetanus booster?

If you have recently injured yourself, have experienced a deep or dirty wound and you haven't had a booster shot in the last 5 years, then you should receive a booster vaccine against tetanus. Contact your healthcare professional or GP to discuss vaccination options. 

As most infants, children, and teenagers should have received initial vaccination against tetanus and boosters as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) boosters are only required on a case by case basis.

Adults aged 50 years and above who have not received a tetanus booster within the last 10 years, should be given another booster. 


Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani.

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Sources & Citations

Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: (accessed 14 October 2022).

Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunisation for adults (20 to 64 years). Available at: (accessed 14 October 2022).

MAT-AU-2202830 Date of preparation October 2022